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Laura: A Creole Plantation

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Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
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Description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's...
Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.


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Laura Plantation

Very interesting tour of a creole plantation. Just amazing how the slaves were able to live in such a humid environment. Great tour guides that seemed like they were there to be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Very interesting tour of a creole plantation. Just amazing how the slaves were able to live in such a humid environment. Great tour guides that seemed like they were there to be able to tell each story.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed seeing Laura Plantation. It was an excellent tour with a the guide knew the history of the place. I would certainly recommend it. However, I would try and go either early in the day or late in the day to avoid the bus tours. My group was about 30 people which was a little unwieldy. I would also... More 

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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Laura Plantation stands out among the area plantation estates as it offers a look into the past of the Creole aristocracy, culture and influence on the fabric of our nation's history. It was a remarkable different experience to be Creole in first the French and then Spanish territory now known as Louisiana than that of the later American settlers. I... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Bryan was our tour guide and did an excellent job telling the story of the history and the families who owned this property and giving tribute to the slaves who made it all happen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

My two teen children and I decided against the water park and for touring plantations instead. We are so glad we did. The Laura Plantation was an awesome experience. Rather than just showing us the furniture we really got an in depth historical look at a real family. Our guide added real family drama and dysfunction to add spice to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This was our 2nd plantation tour in the area. Disappointing. Started out with a very rude comment from a young lady employed there about Canadians needing to take the "childrens tour" so they would understand. Need I say more? Downhill from there, especially when same young lady ended up being our "tour guide". Thought I'd cut her some slack, seeings... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Another plantation. Very cool grounds and place. Enjoyed ourselves quite a bit on a mid afternoon trip.

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Oak Harbor, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The plantation tour was a great experience. It was extremely interesting to have the tale of the family over many generations told in a narrative style. The story unfolds as one proceeds on the tour. It made us wonder what was going to happen next in the family tale. Also, it was very interesting to learn about the differences between... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is probably the best guided tour here. Very knowledgable guides that share lots of information and answer questions. You can take pictures, which is great, and there is a lot to see. They are restoring another building on the property so it will just keep getting better.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Although I was surprised at the $20.00 a head tour price, it was a very educational and informative tour of life back in the antebellum era. Our tour guide was fabulous. Although rain cut our tour a little short, we still enjoyed looking back in time. And what a beautiful home.

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Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Vacherie
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:15 pm

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